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U.S. Department of Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program

Deadline: May 3, 2016

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program supports eligible Hispanic-Serving institutions (HSIs) in developing and carrying out activities designed to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This competition specifically acknowledges the importance of student-centered programs that will increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who graduate with degrees in STEM fields, as well as the need to promote strong articulation and transfer models, leading to more transfer students attaining STEM field degrees.

There are two absolute priorities, both of which must be met to apply under this program:

  • Absolute Priority 1: An application that proposes to develop or enhance tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative and customized instruction courses (which may include remedial education and English language instruction) designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion.
  • Absolute Priority 2: An application that proposes activities to increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the STEM fields and proposes to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year HSIs and four-year institutions in STEM fields.

In addition, there are two competitive preference priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1 (One additional point): Applications supported by evidence of effectiveness that meets the conditions set out in the definition of “evidence of promise.” (See the RFP for additional details.)
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2 (Three additional points): Applications supported by evidence of effectiveness that meets the conditions set out in the definition of “moderate evidence of effectiveness.” (See the RFP for additional details.)

Amount: $91,773,000 is available for awards ranging from $700,000-$1,200,000.

Eligibility: To be an eligible HSI, an institute of higher education must:

  • Have an enrollment of needy students
  • Have, except as provided in section 522(b) of the HEA, average educational and general expenditures that are low, per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student, in comparison with the average educational and general expenditures per FTE undergraduate student of institutions that offer similar instruction
  • Be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the Secretary has determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered, or making reasonable progress toward accreditation, according to such an agency or association
  • Be legally authorized to provide, and provide within the State, an educational program for which the institution awards a bachelor’s degree, or be a junior or community college
  • Have an enrollment of undergraduate FTE students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/hsistem/index.html

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